All posts by Jürgen Schrader

Experiments in 360° panoramic Stereoscopic 3D video

There has been an increased interest of using head mounted displays (HMD) like the Oculus Rift to immerse the user into virtual reality (VR). For the immersion into VR to be complete, 3D is needed. I will be discussing various aspects of 3D panoramic images and video, the hardware setup I am using, the process I am using to get  my final result, various methods of viewing 3D, the difference between what I have achieved and the ideal result. I will also present some possibilities.

Jim Watters

I am a photographer, software developer, image manipulator, photo creator, and panorama guru.

My decades of computer experience started with purchasing a C64.

With no knowledge at the time of how to combine my two passions of photography & computers, I abandoned computers, and began a career in photography. I studied 3 years and received a Diploma of Fine Craft in Photography. I did not leave computers behind, I was still using computers for desktop publishing to complete graphic assignments.

In the years to follow I was using computers more and more to manipulate photographs. My passion for computers increased. With the goal of combining photography manipulation and computers, I added a Bachelor’s degree in computers to my list of completed education.

Now I am an Imaging Software Engineer specializing in panoramic photography. I have contributed to Panotools and was involved in getting it on to SourceForge. Along the way I have learned many aspects of computers and am armed with copious knowledge of graphic software. I am currently works for Garden Gnome Software.

I first rotated my camera around the NPP using a homemade wooden mount, snapping a panorama in 1992.

I shot my first 360° panoramic video in 2006.

I have been involved with Sphericam panoramic video camera.

I purchased 8 inexpensive Mobious action cameras to create a spherical multicamera panoramic video rig. Before I placed the cameras into that rig I did some experimenting . I wanted to know  what was possible with many little cameras. I have been creating variations of a stereoscopic 3D panoramic rig ever since.

Customizing the Google Maps API

With the introduction of Street View in 2007, and later Business View and Views – Google Maps has provided us with a wealth of panoramic content at our fingertips to use in applications or as platforms for our products. Travel, tourism, hospitality or municipality websites could potentially access and display thousands of immersive images directly related to their cities and local businesses. Web developers can create unique and immersive content for clients.

In this IVRPA conference workshop Matt Rowell will take a comprehensive look at exactly how much control we have over panorama content within the Google Maps API.

Matt Rowell

Matt is an accomplished Digital Media Producer with over 15 years experience as a web developer and more than 8 years of experience in the photography and video production industries. Before starting his own business, Matt worked for an award-winning Portland based digital agency for 8 years. He’s worked on web and multimedia productions for clients such as OHSU, Wells Fargo, Siemens, A-dec, Salmon-Safe and many others. As a native Oregonian, born and raised, Matt enjoys hiking, fishing, camping and backpacking.

2D and 3D 360 Video Work Flow Manager from Concept, Onsite Production to Client presentations

Michael Kintner, CEO/Inventor at 360Heros Inc. will present 360CamMan™ 360 video file management software – the missing link in 360 video workflow.  360Heros manufactures and sells multiple 360 video 360 plug-n-play holders holding from 6 to 14 cameras and as you can imagine file and data management with 14 cameras is even more of a challenge.  Especially when it comes to 3D 360 video content.   On the IVRPA conference Michael will present the different holders for standard 360 video and also the new patent pending holders for 3D 360 video content.
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Discover new VideoStitch products

Last year, VideoStitch was pleased to demonstrate the first, real-time preview, GPU accelerated video stitching engine at the IVRPA  Iceland 2013 conference .

We are very happy to announce for the Las Vegas 2014 IVRPA conference 3 new products from VideoStitch which will push 360 video forward.

Creating aerial time-lapse videos and panoramas

As the technology of panoramic equipment develops, photographers are constantly trying to extend the borders and limitations.
Nick Ivanov will talk to us about a real challenge and how he is trying to master it.

Time-lapse videos have been around for years, but capturing them from an aerial platform, and embedding them into 360° panoramas is something new. Nick will talk about coming up with the idea, and the process of creating this new media.